John_T__Cofresi

Senior Counsel

John T. Cofresi

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685 Third Avenue
18th Floor
New York, NY 10017
P (212) 999-7100
F (212) 999-7139

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Bio

An accomplished trial lawyer in the firm’s New York City office, John Cofresi’s multi-faceted practice focuses on professional liability and complex litigation dealing with catastrophic injuries and cyber exposures. John brings years of experience litigating cases as a defense attorney with his carrier-side experience, from his tenure as a claims consultant with CNA, to benefit firm clients. He has a proven track record of successfully resolving complex high-exposure matters. John’s experience includes the defense of owners, developers, general contractors, and construction managers in a variety of different matters including work site accidents, premises liability, rescission actions under the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act (“ILSA”), accessibility claims under the Americans with Disability Act, and claims of housing discrimination by prospective home buyers. John is also experienced in defending large-scale multi-action property damage subrogation matters from fires and floods.

A few of John’s notable successes include securing the recovery of legal fees for a general contractor and developer from the underlying subcontractors in a contested labor law matter; the voluntary discontinuance of ILSA claims as time-barred; a defense verdict in a week-long trial in Kings County in a matter involving a bowling accident; and the summary dismissal of an extremely high value property damage subrogation claim arising out of a fire that had been asserted against a fire suppression system servicer.

In addition to John’s comprehensive litigation practice, he is also an integral member of the firm’s London Coverage Team. John assists London syndicates and markets with a wide variety of insurance matters including first party and third party claims. In this capacity, John provides coverage evaluations and recommendations for both primary and excess carriers. As part of his coverage practice for both the domestic and London insurance market, he conducts examinations under oath, handles insurance-related litigation and facilitates settlements in all lines of business, including natural disasters, construction, business interruption, professional liability, general liability, environmental, and property.

Outside the office, John is an active member of his community. He is a member of the New York Road Runners and can often be found training. John has completed more than 20 races for a cumulative distance of over 135 miles. He is also an experienced snowboarder and climber whose climbing experience includes the “Gunks,” Joshua Tree, and the Barton Greenbelt in Austin, Texas.

 

Education

New York Law School (J.D., 2004)

State University of New York College at Oneonta (B.S., 2001)

Licensed to Practice in:

New York

Publications

  • Co-author, Risk Exposure Trends: Ten Issues Confronting Law Firms, Bloomberg BNA (2017)

  • A Year Later, Did Runner v. New York Stock Exch., Inc., Really Expand the Application of Labor Law Section 240(1)? Defense Digest, June Vol. 17, No. 2 (2011)

  • Co-author, Litigation Lending for Personal Needs Act: A Regulatory Framework to Legitimatize Third Party Litigation Finance (58 Consumer Finance L. Q. Rep. 347) (2004); republished by American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, 31St National Conference on Professional Responsibility (2005)

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Trial & Appellate Results

  • Prestigiacomo v. Shorenstein Realty Servs. E. LLC, 102979/09, N.Y.L.J. 1202494331050, at * 1 (Sup., NY, Decided (April 20, 2011)

  • Edouazin v. Champlain, 89 A.D.3d 892 (2 Dept 2011)

  • Califano v. Maple Lanes, 91 A.D.3d 896 (2d Dep’t 2012)

  • Flynn v. 83S 6th Ave. Master L.P., 107 A.D.3d 614 (151 Dept 2013)

  • Van Buren a Mark L., 47 Misc. 3d. 1207(A) (Sup. Ct., Dutchess County 2015)

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Community Activities

New York Road Runners

Memberships

New York State Bar Association Standing Committee on Professional Discipline

Awards & Accomplishments

Super Lawyers "Rising Star" , 2014

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